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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Souris School No. 285 (1884-1960)

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The Souris School District was established formally, in the village of Souris, in 1884. Originally occupying a wood frame structure, the school moved into a two-storey, brick building in 1894, designed by Brandon architect W. H. Shillinglaw. In 1912, a second school building, designed by local architect C. H. Brindle, was erected beside it for use as a Collegiate.

In January 1960, the school became Souris Consolidated School No. 2388 when it was consolidated with several districts from the surrounding countryside, including Breezelawn School No. 169, Riverview School No. 279, Whitefield School No. 473, Botany School No. 486, Huntingdon School No. 542, and Wolflea School No. 590. As other rural schools closed, such as Lily School No. 382, their students came here too.

The collegiate building was demolished in 1960 but the original building continued to be used until at least the 1990s. It too was eventually demolished.

Principals

Period

Principal

1899-1901

Samuel Henry Forrest (1873-1963)

1901-1902

Harry Harvey Greenway (1879-1906)

1902-1909

Joseph William Gordon (1868-1954)

1910

James Erron Stanley Dunlop (1882-1945)

1910-1913

?

1913-1916

Robert McKay Stevenson (1882-1970)

1916-1917

Sydney E. Clark (1880-1963)

1917-1920

William Dakin

1920-1922

J. E. Cooper

1922-1923

Henry Dennison

1923-1929

Grace Frances Huntley (1891-1977)

1929-1930

C. J. Burrows

1930-1932

Melvin T. Woods

1932-1935

Wallace Henry McIntyre (1904-1960)

1935-1938

George E. Pickard

1938-1941

George Archibald Coulthard (1890-1964)

1941-1945

Maurice Raphael [Ray] Loree (1910-?)

1945-1946

Walter Humphrey Wilfred Walker (1908-1974)

1946-1947

Bertha E. Nelson

1947-1951

Samuel Alfred Wright (1900-1966)

1951-1962

James Alvin Leslie (?-1973)

1962-1967

J. J. Gisinger

1967-1973

M. Zuk

?

Wilfrid Laurier “Laurie” Tomasson (c1920-1998)

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1899-1900

(partial) Miss DuVal, Samuel Henry Forrest, Miss McCrossan

1900-1901

Miss Bawden, Samuel Henry Forrest, Miss Hall, Miss Slater, Miss Stuart

Other teachers at Souris School included H. L. Adolph, J. W. Beckett, W. J. Wallace, George L. Dibblee, Richard “Dick” Moore, Eliza Briggs Dolmage (c1915-1922), Frank Harder (1930s), Leonore Cowie (1947-1948), and Ila Clark Lang (1947-1953).

Photos & Maps

Souris School

Postcard of Souris Collegiate, right, and Public School, left (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2012-0037

Souris School

Souris School with Collegiate in the background (no date) by A. J. Hatcher
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 14.

Souris School

Souris Schools (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7454, Album 22, Page 36.

Site Location (lat/long): N49.62118, W100.25712
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

“Souris,” Brandon Daily Sun, 25 August 1900, page 2.

“School Board meets,” Brandon Daily Sun, 18 July 1901, page 4.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950.

Manitoba Permit Teachers of World War II, compiled by Louisa Loeb, Winnipeg: Hyperion Press Ltd., 2007.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 August 2016

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